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Old 02-20-2016, 07:41 AM
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Hi there:

My husband and I are looking into relocating from Illinois to the Fort Collins, Windsor, Loveland area. My we are self-employed, and my husband works remotely, so that isn't an issue. I am most concerned about getting my kids into good schools. The ratings online seem a little outdated. By the time we move, my kids will be going into 9th and 7th grade. The 9th grader has mild Aspergers, but has always functioned well in the public school system we have here, which is excellent. Both of them are very musical and are in band, so a good music program is a must.

Thoughts appreciated.
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Old 02-21-2016, 02:33 PM
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Fort Collins consistently listed amongst the best towns in America. As you've read additionally the Public school system is top notch as well. While I can't speak to type of schooling for children in the spectrum, I can speak to that there are TONS of after school, outdoor non profits that cater to children/Adults/families with both physical and cognitive disabilities, unlike anywhere else I've ever lived.

Biggest task will likely be housing, it's a sought after commodity in the front range, and Colorado all together these days seeing the 2nd largest increase in rental housing rates in the past year second only to San Fran, so don't expect to get what you pay for, more like your paying for what's not inside the walls of your home, which folks here put a premium on.
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Old 02-28-2016, 02:39 AM
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Personally, I much prefer Loveland (older and rural areas) to FC. Schools are pretty equal, but more personal / community support in smaller town. FC will avail more 'professional' music exposure, and certainly worth it if your kids aspire to future music careers.

Since you have special needs, please look in detail to your specific needs. My biggest complaint about FC quality of life is BAD traffic / routing and aggressive drivers in big SUVs (soccer moms in a hurry to get to Starbucks). Get a FC home that is walking and biking distance to 90% of your trips and you may be happy and safe. There are some very pretty, quiet, residential areas in each town, but by far the majority of housing is suburban SPRAWL. Tract homes everywhere, just avoid that, and college transient rental areas. If you can live rural, consider high ground in Rist Canyon. Recent Floods have presented some available opportunities in housing, in a normally very tight market,... Build on a solid rock on high ground and out of the hydraulic curve effect of a raging river (which is usually a small creek). It is really quite ez access to CSU, without the hassle of FC's overcrowded and stoplight infested main drags. (Beware that a major rail line bisects FC north to south), and no bridges for street traffic!

Consider getting your kids into local colleges early, (ours went FT to college in grade 10 and beyond). That eases the social burden of public high school daily relationship 'drama'.. It is enough hassle to move, without the clique thing. Early college was good for our kids, they were done by age 20, and off on their own paths. Btw: There are lots of IL folks happily well adjusted in FC. Maybe they have an annual picnic.... If not, PM me and I will fix you up with some local 'immediate' IL friends. (FC school teachers for last 30 yrs).

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